Ames Free Library

"Where the Community Connects"


Our service hours are Monday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Email us at or call 508-238-2000

Our phones are very busy! If you are having trouble reaching us via phone, send us an email or use the chat box on the left.


Appointment-based window pickups of reserved material and external book drop

Reservation-based, 45-minute computer, printer, and scanner use

Online programs, plus eBooks, audiobooks, and databases for all ages

Returns: Book drop (located near handicapped parking spaces) is now open for all returns - returned items will be quarantined for several days prior to check-in. Fines for materials due 3/1/2020 - 7/31/2020 are waived.

Youth Summer Reading Program 2020: Paleontology Tuesday STEM Activity

For kids and families! Join Miss Jess on Zoom every Tuesday at 2 p.m. for some creative, hands-on summer STEM activities.

If you’re inspired by Dinoman’s show on Monday night, on Tuesday, we’ll investigate fossils hands-on! Participate at home with Miss Jess while she digs “fossils” from a chocolate chip cookie!

You’ll need a few materials (yup, including a cookie!), and we’ll check out what it’s like to be a paleontologist! This will be an independent exploration at home, but don’t worry! Miss Jess will be standing by to explain how to get started and to answer any questions.

All you’ll need is:

  • A chocolate chip cookie (or any kind of cookie with “things” in it - homemade or store bought!)
  • A plate or paper towel to put it on
  • A toothpick
  • A paintbrush and/or cotton swab (Q-Tip)
  • And, if you have one, a magnifying glass. 
If you participate in this program, you can enter the code FOSSIL on your READSquared dashboard to earn a program badge! (For more information on READSquared, visit our Youth Summer Reading Program 2020 page.)

To join in the fun, please register in advance with this Zoom link:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Event Location: 
Youth Summer Reading Online